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Relaxation techniques*, a mind body or stress management practice...

may be helpful in managing a variety of stress-related health conditions, including anxiety associated with ongoing health problems and in those who are having medical procedures. Evidence suggests that relaxation techniques may also provide some benefit on symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and may help reduce occupational stress in health care workers. For some of these conditions, relaxation techniques are used as an adjunct to other forms of treatment..

A variety of professionals, including physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and complementary health practitioners, may teach relaxation techniques. [However] … people sometimes learn the simpler relaxation techniques on their own…

Relaxation techniques include the following:

•        Autogenic Training
•        Biofeedback-Assisted Relaxation
•        Deep Breathing or Breathing Exercises
•        Guided Imagery
•        Progressive Relaxation
•        Self-Hypnosis
Which relaxation strategies do you use?

*NCCIH Clinical Digest, April 2020
Mind and Body Approaches for Stress and Anxiety: What the Science Says
Clinical Guidelines, Scientific Literature, Info for Patients
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